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Poster: Jim F Date: Mar 18, 2011 10:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Big TDIH 1971 and 1977 and 1967 too!

I'd nearly forgotten about the Winterland 77 run, as I was more fixated on 3/18/67. One of the earliest tapes I ever had was a cassette I made from local public radio station KDHX, who used to play Gans' GD hour from 10-11 on Saturday nights, followed by another hour of GD and GD related stuff selected by the local DJ/s. That Dancin was one of the things they played, and it blew me away. Still does. By that point I already had 11/19/66, but other than that I really can't think of anything else I had that exposed me to anything that early.

I eventually got the full 3/18/67, and ever since, while I still think the Dancin is one of the best things they ever played, I give equal credit to The Same Thing, and the Viola Lee. The jams on all 3, but especially Same Thing and Viola, are just mindboggling in intensity and beauty.

This is really a tough date to pick from when it comes to TDIH listening. Personally if I'm gonna play anything from the Winterland 77 run, it's almost always 3/19. The other two dates rarely get much play. Around this time of year I'm also trying to squeeze in favorites like 3/15/69, Winterland 77, 3/18/71, and 3/18/67. It ain't always easy.

I'd also almost forgotten about 3/18/71. A nice show from my hometown venue of the Fox Theatre here in STL. I was initially drawn to this one due to it's rare appearance of Caution. But the Other One>Wharf Rat is really the true highlight of the tape. One of my favorite early Wharf Rats, probably THE favorite of the pre-Keith 71 performances. And in an era of very similar-sounding Other Ones, this one stands out above the rest.